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January 12, 2012

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Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art Susanne Slavick and English Professor and poet Terrance Hayes will participate in “Occupy Your Mind Pittsburgh: Expand * Engage * Imagine,” an event that considers the future of the Occupy Movement, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 at the Space Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue, downtown. For more information, go to Slavick and Hayes also will participate in “Disarming Words,” a Space Gallery event at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Slavick will speak about her recent book and art project, “OUT OF RUBBLE” (, which presents international artists who consider the causes and consequences of war, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery. Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry for his book “Lighthead,” will read from his poetry collection.

Chris T. Hendrickson, the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering and co-director of the Green Design Institute at CMU, has been appointed to a three-year term on the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which provides expert advise on national transportation policy and leadership in transportation innovation. "This is an opportunity for me to serve as the nation continues to face serious challenges to its aging infrastructure. Improved roads and bridges help boost economic vitality and the TRB plays a big part in helping implement new research, technology and innovative policies to encourage needed change," Hendrickson said. Read more about the appointment

Jendayi Frazer, director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation and a distinguished public service professor, and E. Gyimah-Boadi, executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, have edited a new book publshed by CMU Press, titled "Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa." The publication, which coincides with a number of recent tense, highly contested elections, offers timely guidance on what can be done to prevent violence from disrupting elections in Africa. Frazer will speak about the book at two upcoming events in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, and in Pittsburgh on Jan. 24. Read the full story.

Danielle Scott, assistant director of Regional Programs for the Alumni Association, received a $1,500 Professional Development Scholarship from the National Educational Alumni Trust (NEAT). Scott was one of 14 winners selected by the scholarship committee. Scholarships enable talented young alumni relations professionals to attend a professional development conference during the 2011-2012 conference season. NEAT is a not-for-profit organization that provides insurance and financial services to constituents of its 140 member associations. 

David Biber, a senior illustrator and graphic designer for the Corporate Communications Department at the Software Engineering Institute, is featured on the new Rick Sebak special, "It’s Pittsburgh & A Lot of Other Stuff," for his work on the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group. Sebak interviews Biber and his daughter in North Park at the new mountain bike park Biber's group built. The segment is in the last 15 minutes of the show, which is airing on WQED-TV. You can find the broadcast schedule at

Kendra Brown, associate director of major gifts, and Jay Brown, director of marketing for Web communications, are leaving Carnegie Mellon for positions in their hometown of Washington, D.C. Kendra will be director of institutional advancement for the Georgetown Day School and Jay will be director of integrated marketing for Reading is Fundamental. Kendra, whose last day at CMU will be Friday, Jan. 13, and Jay, who will be leaving on Friday, Jan. 20, joined CMU in 2006.

Master of Arts Management students Patrick Waldo and Laura Lee Odegaard, who are completing a dual degree program at Heinz College and the University of Bologna School of Economics Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts, recently had their research published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society. Their research is titled “Managing Instability: Selected Case Studies in the Sustainability of Social Centers and Independent Cultural Centers in Italy and Europe.” Read more:

William Galbraith, a former senior scientist at CMU’s Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center for 15 years, died Saturday, Jan. 7. He was 80. At CMU, Galbraith, who retired in 2001, developed computer software that allows microscopes to read diagnostic medical tests such as Pap smears. Read the Post-Gazette obituary.